Oct. 4, 2016
WASHINGTON - Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) was named the BIG EAST Conference’s Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, as announced by the league office. The honor comes after the senior won his first cross country individual race as a collegiate athlete. In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings, the Georgetown men’s team was tabbed No. 17 while the women moved up to No. 18.
Carpenter captured his first collegiate cross country title as he won the 8-kilometer gold course at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa., leading the Hoyas to a second-place showing, finishing second to No. 8 Iona. Carpenter clocked 23:37 and was the low stick for the Blue & Gray as the squad boasted just a 44-second spread among the top five point scorers.
“I was able to train very consistently over the summer,” Carpenter said of his summer training regimen. “Everything went very well with it and I would say I ran more this summer than I have previously and it definitely helped me this past weekend.”
For his efforts on Saturday, Carpenter moved up to No. 12 on the FloTrack’s Saucony Flo50 Men's Individual XC Rankings after previously being unranked.
No. 17 Georgetown finished second of 38 teams with 115 points behind No. 8 Iona (35) and ahead of Adams State (142), Penn (146) and Columbia (167) for the top five.
This is the first weekly honor from the conference for Carpenter across all three seasons. It is GU’s second accolade of the 2016 cross country season as fellow Hoya Christian Alvarado (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) garnered the award on Sept. 13.
The Hoyas return to action on Friday, October 14 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.